GL024 Act Now!

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This is a bouncy light orchestral jazz/pop track stereotypically used for 40's and 50's advertisements. It's light, fun, and kitschy, and believe it or not, incredibly challenging to produce. I spent weeks steeping my ears in the work of Les Baxter, Heinz Kiessling, Leroy Anderson, and Laurie Johnson in order to learn the ins and outs of kitsch string arrangement/orchestration. It's pretty dense stuff for what ends up ultimately being a musical joke.

Some of the flourishes in the woodwinds might be a bit distracting depending on the context of your film/game, but they're so idiomatic I couldn't bring myself to render a version without them. If it ends up being a problem, contact me and we can work something out.

This track includes the basics. I've rendered out full versions of the track as well as split intro/loop formats, and included a stinger in case you need to edit an ending into the middle. As always, uncompressed .wav are included along with 320kbps .mp3 files.

As with all the things posted here, this is freely available for use in games and/or animation projects. It also works as a sort of demo of my style and abilities. I’m actively looking for new gigs, so if you enjoy anything here please get in touch to discuss some custom work.

I’ve provided separate intro/loop files for ease of editing. If you would like to use this free loop, please message me for attribution requirements.

GL024 Act Now! Files

GL022 Seldom Spoken

Bells toll while fragments of forgotten memories drift through the air.

This one is melancholic, dark, and has religious overtones. It could be useful for particularly stark, poignant, or introspective scenes.

This track owe's it's bell-like quality to Arvo Pärt's tintinnabulation technique. The fragmented processed piano bits in the background were created with some custom software I put together in max/msp.

While I initially set out to create a loopable track, it ended up not feeling right by the time I was done writing. In an effort to make this track flexible for use in film, animation, games, etc, I did render out separated piano, processed piano, and bass stems, as well as include 2 different stingers to use as an "end" in case you need to stop the track before it comes to a natural conclusion.

As with all the things posted here, this is freely available for use in games and/or animation projects. It also works as a sort of demo of my style and abilities. I’m actively looking for new gigs, so if you enjoy anything here please get in touch to discuss some custom work.

I’ve provided separate intro/loop files for ease of editing. If you would like to use this free loop, please message me for attribution requirements.

GL022 Seldom Spoken Files

GL019 Ain't No Friend of Mine

You say we'll get coffee at quarter to 8
you make a promise you won't be late
you must have lied again
cause baby, it's half past 9

You say we'll split even but you're always broke
won't buy packs, but you'll bum a smoke
you'll trade five for ten,
Well you ain't no friend of mine

Okay, those lyrics are terrible; nobody ever accused me of being a librettist. Most music from this genre/era originated as a song, so it's fitting to think of something singable when writing a melody. I tend to think more in terms of syllables, general character, and plausible phrasing than concrete words (though "ain't no friend of mine" seemed to fit pretty early on). I figured the lyrics would have been something in the spirit of "The Lady Is a Tramp" or "Hit That Jive, Jack". The rest was improvised for this post. What do you want from me?

This track was inspired by a humorous montage of "Things Animation Girls Say"created by the very talented Rebecca Parham of Let Me Explain Studios. I was impressed by the writing, artistic style, and overall execution. Despite the absence of music I kept hearing this gypsy jazz-ish clarinet riff in my head. I had some time before I needed to start the next project, so I sketched out fragments of the melody and changes over the next few evenings while riding the subway to and from various engagements, and produced the track in a little over an evening. While the production is a little rough in some spots, I'm happy with how this one turned out considering it's a first attempt at producing something in this specific style of jazz.

This is the original video which inspired the music. While Rebecca was extremely supportive, she was understandably unable to alter the video without losing the current number of views, commentary, and general stats in the process. Please subscribe to her YouTube channel. It's full of creatively awesome things.

This loopable track is distributed with several options. Clarinets have the tendency to fight with the frequency range of spoken word, and the guitar solo may be too busy to work as background material for your project. Because of this, I've included a version with JUST rhythm guitar, drums, and bass as well as a sololess version with separate stems for the clarinet and guitar. This way you can edit together whatever version of the track works best with your project. I've also included the ending tag melody as a separate stinger so you can edit in an ending wherever you see fit.

As with all the things posted here, this is freely available for use in games and/or animation projects. It also works as a sort of demo of my style and abilities. I’m actively looking for new gigs, so if you enjoy anything here please get in touch to discuss some custom work.

I’ve provided separate intro/loop files for ease of editing. If you would like to use this free loop, please message me for attribution requirements.

GL019 Ain't No Friend of Mine Files

GL008 Cardboard Castles (Let’s Build a Fort)

I really like the way this one turned out. I’d set out to do something a little cutesy and innocent. As I was writing the initial melody, though, I started imagining a story about two best friends building a rocket ship out of cardboard and blasting off into imaginary outer space. I know the title references castles, not rockets, but alliteration makes for nicer names. Do you agree?

Initially I really wanted to establish a repeating harmonic progression and just stick with that the entire time (something that I feel works much better for this loop-type work), but once the story was set in my mind I couldn’t help but get a little dramatic. As always, it was a bit of a challenge trying to bring it back home again, but I think it works.

I’ve provided separate intro/loop files for ease of editing. If you would like to use this royalty free loop, please message me.

GL008 Cardboard Castles (Let’s Build a Fort) Files

GL007 Spy Theme Excerpt 01

This track isn’t really a loop. I wrote it just after purchasing the Broadway Big Band instrument library and wanted to learn how to use the software. I have an ongoing love affair with all things Archer/Venture Bros and wanted to do some “spy music”. This ended up being a bit too bombastic to really be effective in a spy context, but I liked the bluesy saxophone melody harmonized in concerted rhythms. That said, this is titled “Excerpt” as the melody really should be developed further and permutated to make this a full fledged track. Unfortunately I lost steam between dusting off my jazz chops and learning the new software (both of which make doing ANY writing a huge amount of work) and it’s unlikely I’ll do any more work on this particular excerpt. I’ll probably end up stealing bits of this for future works, though. Time will tell.

This was a first try and I’m not 100% in love with the production, but we all have to start somewhere. I hope to do more of this type of stuff in the future. If you’re working on an animation (or video game for that matter) that is anything like Archer or Venture Bros, by all means get in touch. Working on a gig like that would fulfill all sorts of dreams.

No loop files are provided with this one as it’s not really a loop. I’ve provided a direct download in the event that I reach my max on Soundcloud, though. If you would like to use this royalty free track, please message me.

GL007 Spy Theme Excerpt 01 Direct Download